The Sun makes its movement through Cancer every year from around June 21st through around July 21st.
By focusing on key energies of Cancer during the time of the Sun’s transit, we can better use the energetic potentials available to us.
A powerful theme for Cancer is EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE. Focusing on the feeling space of self and others really helps to use the current energetic potentials.
Here are some ways to INCREASE EMOTIONAL IQ and deepen fulfillment in the relationships with self and others.
Take Time to Feel
It is so easy to get busy and not take the time to tune into feelings coming up throughout the day. Taking the initiative to excuse yourself for a few minutes when feeling triggered or overwhelmed can go a long way to preventing unnecessary drama. It is easier to choose kinder and more productive responses when you take the time to honor our own feelings before continuing to interact with others.
In situations where you can’t step away, using a ‘pause’ before speaking and taking a breath can bring consciousness to words you are about to speak to make sure you are choosing a path that will create win-win’s and not antagonize an already stressed situation.
Banking emotions for later and then following through with going back to the feelings felt during the charge can ensure you don’t bury the emotions to be found later in a more intense form from the avoidance and get the message from the incident.
Honor Feelings without Judgment
When faced with your own strong feelings or those of others it is easy to judge or make more of what is going on than really is. Saying things like, “I hear you are feeling this way” (to yourself or someone else) acknowledges the feeling and allows it to be heard. Sometimes being heard is enough to shift the energy.
Place Yourself in Others Shoes
This isn’t always easy when you feel that someone else is the reason for your pain but it can go a long way to creating compassion. Choosing compassion will improve the odds that compassion will come back to you. When someone is acting unreasonable think about why that might be. How was their childhood? What is going on in their lives that might be making things hard for them? We all share the experience of being human. Keeping this in mind can create major improvements in feelings of connection with others.
“Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and righting there is a field. I’ll meet you there. when the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. ~ Rumi
When Criticized, Instead of Taking Offense, Ask the Question, “What Can I Learn?”
Very often someones critical words that cause pain are intended to help. Seeing past the criticism can open the way for breakthroughs. After taking the time to feel, go back to the issue and see what truth there could be in it for you.
Be Infinitely Patient With Yourself & Others
Humans are humans! Even those ultra-focused in living in Highest Expression are going to follow folly to human-ness sometimes. Humor can help lighten this 🙂
Heal Your Nervous System
Adrenal fatigue is much more common than is diagnosed. Fight-or-flight is the norm. It is so much easier to feel better when your nervous system is balanced and functioning optimally. Making the goal of getting optimal sleep a priority can change how you experience stress. Also keeping sugar levels balanced can support healthy nervous system function.
I hope that this focus on increasing emotional IQ, during this magical time of the Sun in Cancer and beyond, brings positive shifts into your life experience 🙂
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